Anna Polyakova Takes Down Two Masters World Records In Russia

Russia Masters Swimming spectators
Photo Courtesy: Kazan 2015

The St. Petersburg Masters Open Championships featured two Masters world records by Anna Polyakova, who used the meet to prepare for the upcoming world championships in her home country.

Polyakova will swim the 100 fly for Russia at the world championships, but recently in St. Petersburg, she stepped up for the 50 fly and posted a 27.29 for a world record in the 25-29 age group. The swim beat the three-month-old record of 27.55 swum by South Africa’s Elzanne Werth.

Polyakova then gathered with three teammates from the Neva Stars team to swim the 200 mixed medley relay. Polyakova swam butterfly, while Pavel Lebedev (backstroke), Olga Pozdnyakova (breaststroke) and Vladimir Predkin (freestyle) joined her to combine for a 1:55.40. That breaks the Masters world record of 1:55.79 from a foursome from the Ukraine.

Had Polyakova swum the 100 fly at the meet, it’s very likely she would have shattered the Masters world record of 1:02.73 by Japan’s Yuko Nakanishi from 2010. Polyakova is not the only elite-level swimmer to break world records while competing at a high level. Swann Oberson, Mark Gangloff, Stefan Herbst, Roland Schoeman, Darian Townsend and Noriko Inada are just a few Masters world record holders who also ranked high on the elite global standings during their stints in Masters competition.